For another exclusive interview part of ‘Guy Code Week’ on Comedy Hype, cast member Kevin Barnett talks with us. As we talk with Kevin he shares his roots in south Florida, the new generation of comedy, rappers trying out comedy, Guy Code and future projects.
CH: YOU’RE FROM SOUTH FLORIDA. HOW DID YOU START DOING COMEDY?
KB – I started in Tallahassee, freshman year in college. When I would go back home for Christmas break, I would do it at a couple spots in Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. In the South Florida area, it was a real small scene down there. At first there were no comedy clubs for my first 2-3 years in college. Luckily the school was really supportive of comedy at Florida State and they would always have comedians come in a couple times a month. Sometimes they would let one of us who they really liked feature for them for like 20 or 30 minutes before they would go up.
CH: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA’S REPERENSENTATION IN COMEDY?
KB – The thing is, what people don’t realize there are a lot of comedians coming out of South Florida. No one really thinks of it ever as a scene because the people that are from South Florida are so different from each other, you would never think that they were from the same place. Mitch Hedberg started in south Florida. It’s a bunch of guys who either started down there or is from down there, but either they were from different times or moved to New York or LA. Right now I’m from there, Eric Andre is from there; we actually went to high school together. Mike Lawrence is from down there. Al Jackson is too. It’s just a bunch a comics from out there.
CH: WHAT DEFINES’S A REAL COMIC?
KB- There are so many different parts of comedy. One of the things I always try to keep in mind is you want to do everything. It’s a lot of dudes that just do stand-up and stand-up alone. There are so many different things you could do. You can write, you could produce, you can act, you can direct. You can do all these things, and all it’s going to do is help more people come see you do stand-up. Also, you won’t burn out as easy because it’s such a variety of different things you’re doing.
CH: WHO IS SOMEONE DOING ONLINE COMEDY THAT YOU LIKE?
KB – I like King Bach, his stuff makes me laugh a lot. I don’t know too many of the Vine people, but he’s one of the ones that I see people put stuff up and that I laugh at. I’m not too up on Vine with who’s the funniest, but I see a lot of his stuff. People post his stuff up on Facebook and I’ll see it.
CH: ANY NEWCOMERS IN COMEDY YOU’RE LOOKIN AT?
KB- I think comedy is in a good place. I think it’s exciting. There’s a bunch of comedians, especially right now. There are so many young comics that are really, really funny. There’s a lot of talent out there. For example, Pete Davidson, he’s on the show and he’s 20 and he has so much perspective and presence on stage.
CH: YOUR SHOW “FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE” WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT AND WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO SNL?
KB- SNL has a live audience. It hasn’t been other shows, besides SNL, like a live audience sketch show. We’re not doing that. It’s a single cam type thing. I guess we fall somewhere between The Chappelle Show and Human Giant. There’s is going to be some commentary and stuff like that but its also stuff that’s going to be like really silly.
CH: WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHTS OF DRAKE ON SNL?
KB- Drake was awesome! I was really surprised I know Drake comes from an acting background, but I didn’t know he was hilarious too. He was really funny on it. I thought the segment he did on Jimmy Kimmel’s – “I Witness News” was hilarious also. Yo Drake gets ridiculed all the time, but I like Drake. Watching him on SNL, I became a huge fan. His impressions… Here’s the thing about impressions, they were close to spot on, but the best part to me was they were just fun. His Katt Williams impression, it was just a funny impression and it looked like he was genuinely having a good time. His Lil Wayne Family Matters impression was good too. The same way with (Dave Chappelle on) The Chappelle Show, his Rick James, Prince, and Lil Jon impressions weren’t spot on at all. He didn’t look like them but it just was fun.
CH.THOUGHTS ON RAPPERS DOING COMEDY?
KB – I think rapping and comedy there’s a lot of parallels. To be a good rapper you have to apply the same rules to be a good comedian. You’re basically putting yourself out there and trying to make people understand your vibe and what you have to say. People get to know you personally. I think it’s a lot of the same stuff. It’s a lot of punch lines in rapping, like it’s a lot of punch lines in comedy. I worked on Lucas Bros. on FOX and they had a couple of rappers on there and they’re hilarious and did great on the show.
CH: GUY CODE WHAT WAS THE PROCESSS FOR YOU AND BECOMING A CAST MEMBER?
KB – Originally, I had auditioned for the first season. I didn’t know what to expect. At the time, the show wasn’t out yet. I came into the audition kind of doing a character and it was funny, but they were like, “Just be yourself.” But from that they offered me a position to write on the show, so I wrote on the show for little bit and then I became a cast member the season after that.
CH: ANY SURPRISES OR ANYTHING YOU CAN SHARE ABOUT THIS SEASON OF GUY CODE?
KB – This season there are more sketches and a lot more field pieces, where we went out and did a bunch of crazy things with the cast. A lot of those things were really fun to shoot. It should be coming out hilarious. I don’t know exactly if I can say what we did or didn’t do.
CH: WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU THIS YEAR?
KB – Friends of the People is going to drop this summer. Guy Code, the new season, is on now Wednesdays at 11pm. Right now that what’s been taking up most of my time. So, I’ve been doing that. There’s going to be another six episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. coming out on Fox. I’m not exactly sure when that’s going to be, but they’re doing the animation for it now. If people want to check it out, the six episodes that have aired, they’re online at Fox ADHD. It’s got a bunch of us on there. Jermaine Fowler does a voice on there, I did a voice, Lil Rel too.
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